Empathy or sympathy?
Do you mean empathy or sympathy? People often confuse the two words, which reference different ways of connecting to the feelings of someone or something. Empathy means ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’ (as in both authors have the skill to make you feel empathy with their heroines), whereas sympathy means ‘feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune’ (as in they had great sympathy for the flood victims). Learn more about the difference between the two words with our video.